Vince McMahon went out on town for his 77th birthday.
McMahon, who retired from his role as CEO and Chairman of WWE in July, amid revelations that he paid $15 million in secret money to several former company employees, was spotted in New York for the first time since stepping down.
McMahon – who kept his face from being fully photographed – was joined by mystery woman WWE legend John Cena and Cena’s wife Shay Shariatzadeh at the Waverly Inn.
It was groundbreaking news in the professional wrestling business when McMahon resigned from his position, which he had held since 1982 after buying the company from his father.
McMahon dominated every aspect of WWE, from creative storytelling to finance, as he transformed the company from a regional wrestling territory into a publicly traded international conglomerate worth billions.
Following the exit, McMahon’s daughter, Stephanie McMahon, became co-CEO. The other co-CEO is Nick Khan, who joined the company from CAA in 2020. McMahon’s son-in-law Paul Levesque, who starred in WWE as Triple H, took the creative lead. McMahon remains the majority shareholder of WWE.
“As I approach 77, I feel it is time for me to retire as Chairman and CEO of WWE. Over the years, it has been a privilege to help the WWE to bring you joy, inspire, delight, surprise and always entertain you,” McMahon said in a statement at the time. “I want to thank my family for their powerful contributions to our success, and I also want to thank all of our past and present Superstars and employees for their dedication and passion for our brand.
“Most importantly, I would like to thank our fans for allowing us into your home each week and being your choice of entertainment. I have the deepest appreciation and admiration for our generations of fans around the world who have loved, currently love, and sometimes even love our form of sports entertainment.
In June, the Wall Street Journal reported for the first time that McMahon paid $3 million in “silent money” to a former WWE paralegal, with whom he had a sexual relationship. He reportedly gave her a raise from $100,000 a year to $200,000. The anonymous tipster who alerted the board to the news said McMahon “gave her like a toy” to longtime executive John Laurinaitis, who recently left the company. a
A subsequent investigation by WWE’s board of directors revealed that McMahon paid a total of $15 million to several women who were also former WWE employees with whom he had sexual relations, including at least one. former wrestler.
According to the Journalthis former wrestler alleged in 2018 that years ago she was coerced into oral sex by McMahon, only to be demoted and her contract not renewed after breaking off the relationship .